REPRISE: The Philippines’ First-Ever Sandboarding Competition in the Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes

You can watch Laoag City’s very own festival in the desert in this video produced by Red Dot Stores.

GMA News 11 I Love, Pinas! host Carlo Lorenzo and production staff shot portions of the sandboarding competition.

May I reiterate that the first-ever sandboarding competition was held in the Laoag Sand Dunes, a National Geological Monument that occupies a part of La Paz, Laoag City. If you happen to have watched GMA NEWS 11 “I Love Pinas” Paoay episode, on March 15 midnight, I personally find it rather confusing that footage of an official Pamulinawen Festival event found its way into another town’s own feature and not the I Love Pinas Pamulinawen Festival episode which was aired a week earlier. I called the attention of the crew at their office. I hope they made the necessary changes since they are also airing the show abroad. In fairness to the host city, Laoag, and organizers and presentors of the Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition, the Sandboarding Event rightfully belongs to the SAND DUNES OF LA PAZ IN THE DESERT OF LAOAG WHERE SANDBOARDING IN ILOCOS TRULY ORIGINATED.

*Read the very first feature of Sandboarding in Ilocos Norte in the LEAD Movement blog.

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Drew Arellano gives Doorah a sandwich at the La Paz sand dunes

GMA News TV Pop Talk production people were not yet actually done with their La Paz shoot and GMA Network’s AHA starts to roll their camera. Doorah, a funny flamboyant fellow tries his luck on a LEAD Movement sandboard, fails, but regains control faster than I can blink. Riot!

The aircraft carrying AHA host Drew Arellano flies over us. He arrives on the set looking fresh in cool blue. It’s his second time in a La Paz shoot and he still amazingly remembers LEAD’s Benny Arce.

LEAD’s 4X4 expert, MC Manangan, gives Drew an instant off-roading tutorial (a part of the shoot), and then Drew gets the wheel and vamooses in the sandy air. Check out who he meets along the way.

GMA Kapuso AHA's Direk Jepoy Mejia.

Doorah explores the Laoag La Paz sand dunes.

Comical and clever Doorah is Bobay Torqueza Valbuena in real life. An Abreño, he speaks fluent Ilocano.

LEAD Movement with honorary member Samantha Jackson of Los Angeles.


After the hot, hot day at the dunes, we invited the AHA people to have a delish carinderia lunch at Katrina’s near the BJMP. Show host/businessman/triathlete Drew brought out his organic red rice (or was it brown?) to eat with endemic Ilocano food. They ate what we ate, such nice unfussy guys!

Katrina's (aka BJMP carinderia's) Ilocano imbaliktad and insarabasab with papaitan.

Direk Jepoy's pink obsession.

AHA airs Sundays, 9 AM, on GMA Kapuso Network.

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